Although the pause button has been pushed for now at least, the controversy around Florida pastor Terry Jones and his (former?) plan to burn the Koran warrants a DNA reflection.
How should Christians respond to worshippers of Allah?
Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you …” (Matthew 5:43-44). Jesus upped the standard for his followers from reciprocity (hate your enemies) to pro-activity (love your enemy). Love, not fire, is the most powerful weapon of the follower of Jesus Christ.
The apostle Peter said our witness needs to be characterized by “gentleness and respect” (1Peter 3:15). Christians above all should be winsome. To our shame and his credit, a Muslim imam took the conciliatory action in this matter.
A much better picture of Christianity in action toward the small minority of militant Jihadists comes from the Philippines. A coalition of churches had been bearing witness on the Muslim-dominated island of Mindanao, known as a stronghold for radical Islam. Their overt evangelism had borne little fruit.
Then they read Bob Moffit’s book, If Jesus Were Mayor, and realized they had “failed to demonstrate Christ-like love.” They went back and built 250 homes, installed electricity to every home in one village, built a new highway and performed several other acts of kindness. Read this challenging and inspirational story here.
The fruit of love speaks for itself.
- Gary Brumbelow and Scott Allen